Who made the best song this year in New Zealand?

Sons of Zion are serious contenders for an array of awards at the ‘Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards’.

The awards will be hosted by Kanoa Lloyd and Stan Walker on November 15th at Auckland’s Spark Arena. Voting is now open with prizes such as mobile phones, travel packages and limited public tickets to the event are up for grabs.

Sons of Zion are up for the following categories:

  • Peoples Choice Award 2018
  • Single Of The Year
  • Best Roots Artist

Only voting for the ‘Peoples Choice Award 2018’ is open to the public.



One of Sons recent hit songs ‘Drift Away’ was started as a cellphone voice memo and has resulted in Kiwi reggae band Sons of Zion’s biggest hit.

Their song ‘Drift Away’ has become one of the year’s most-played songs – and for the band, their patience is starting to pay off.

“I think this is the beginning of our moment to blow up,” says singer and guitarist Caleb Haapu.

The band released a steady stream of singles in the gap between albums, but only wanted to release an album once they were happy with the collection of songs – even if they didn’t sound like their past material.

Vantage Point reached No. 2 in the New Zealand album charts, and has been racking up millions of streams – helped by their mega-hit ‘Drift Away’.

The song started out as a voice memo on Sadgrove’s phone – and it’s become one of the biggest Kiwi hits of the year.

“I actually thought it was great at the time. I was like ‘this is an awesome song’, but it’s also just kind of an easy-going song – so I didn’t really expect it to pick up and go as big as it has,” says Sadgrove.

It’s being played in places the band never dreamed of – and not just on different radio stations.

“I heard it at the mall, a little bit’s like [embarassed] ‘oh my God’ and then some of me’s like ‘yes!'” says Haapu with a fist-pump.

“I heard it at the dentist & to my surprise walking down the street in Auckland our band is on billboard, this is the stuff dreams are made of and what a journey its been!” Caleb says.

Massive congratulations to the team for their nominations,  such a well deserving bunch of guys!

Make sure you get your votes in before it’s too late!


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